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Knowledge of remote sensing and new optical technologies made mountaineers acutely aware of the perfomative nature of their practice well before the advent of photography.


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Other forms of spectacle were also on offer, from the charivari laid on by hoteliers in Alpine tourist resorts for returning mountaineers to the Alpine simulacra of Albert Smith, mountain spectacle becoming urban entertainment. The chapter on Ruskin focuses on his youthful guided ascents of minor peaks in the Alps and the significant impact of these early experiences on his aesthetic theory. Landscapes occluded by cloud combined with his own visual impediment led him to construct theories incorporating notions of the plasticity of the observer and the observed and the necessity of imaginative reconstruction.

This collection of essays is, in parts, stimulating, thought provoking and insightful.

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But in treating the sublime as a linguistic corpus and a fixed category it misses the intellectual avalanche that in the Nineteenth Century engulfed and transformed it. Related Papers.

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    Other forms of spectacle were also on offer, from the charivari laid on by hoteliers in Alpine tourist resorts for returning mountaineers to the Alpine simulacra of Albert Smith, mountain spectacle becoming urban entertainment. The chapter on Ruskin focuses on his youthful guided ascents of minor peaks in the Alps and the significant impact of these early experiences on his aesthetic theory.

    Landscapes occluded by cloud combined with his own visual impediment led him to construct theories incorporating notions of the plasticity of the observer and the observed and the necessity of imaginative reconstruction. This collection of essays is, in parts, stimulating, thought provoking and insightful. But in treating the sublime as a linguistic corpus and a fixed category it misses the intellectual avalanche that in the Nineteenth Century engulfed and transformed it.

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